of 2006, the University Senate Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee
issued a report addressing the issue of the availability of course syllabi,
which called for the syllabi of courses to be made available to students by the
meeting of the first class date.
the recommendations of this report have yet to be fully implemented. To that
effect, in the spring of 2008 the Rutgers University Student Assembly passed a
resolution reiterating the key points of the 2006 report, calling for the
recommendations of the report to be fully implemented. Additionally, the
resolution called upon Academic Department Chairs as well as the Office of the
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs to utilize their positions in an
effort to make course syllabi more readily available and easily accessible to
students in a reasonably timely manner.
proposal will charge the University Senate Instruction, Curricula and Advising
Committee to examine the implementation of their 2006 report on the availability
of course syllabi. Additionally, the committee should be charged with the duty
of examining feasible options for ensuring that course expectations are made
available to all prospective students within a reasonable time frame prior to
the beginning of classes, ideally during the registration period. Examine
different online interfaces that can be used to post course syllabi and
consider the centralization of posting course syllabi, on the registration
website, for example.
Issues to Consider:
frame of the selection of course instructors.
with regard to the availability of syllabi?
cost of textbooks resulting from syllabi being made available sooner.
recommendations were passed by the University Senate in 2006, a widespread
interest in the issue exists both amongst students as well as within the
administration of the University with regard to this issue. The availability of
course syllabi prior to the first day of classes may result in less dropping
and adding of courses, which manifest in less dropping and adding of classes,
and less logistical difficulties resulting therein. Additionally, the sooner
course syllabi are made available to students, the sooner bookstores can order
materials, increasing their chances of being able to get used items and
of the 2006 report have been implemented to some extent; however there are
still improvements and modifications that need to be made. In recent years, the
University has greatly expanded their utilization of web-based interfaces as
academic tools, and that expansion should lend itself to be compatible with the
goals set forth by the 2006 recommendations issued by the University Senate
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee.